The realities of cycling to work in East Devon

PUBLISHED: 10:00 03 June 2009 | UPDATED: 23:36 15 June 2010



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Seb Cope, AVP s charity officer cycled to work during May to raise money for the Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT).

Seb Cope, AVP's charity officer cycled to work during May to raise money for the Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT). The Axe Valley Pedallers' chosen charity is DAAT and they are aiming to reach the target of £10,000 raised from events over the previous four years. Seb cycled from Combpyne in East Devon to P H Hardwill in Blackdown Dorset. Lots of ups and downs during the 12.5 miles there and just the same for the 12.5 miles back! He said: "Day 1 was horrible. Friday, last day of the week and not completely sure what was about to come, I set off from home and straight into a big climb out of Combpyne up towards Trinity Hill. At the top I think I drank best part of the majority of my water and ate all my energy bars and then carried on for the remaining 12 miles to work!"The days seemed easier at the beginning of the week and gradually got harder as the week went on. The first two weeks seemed to drag but the remaining two seemed to disappear, I think secretly I might have begun to enjoy the experience riding my old 1980s Falcon 'Team Banana' bike. Daily, on arriving at a my place of work, P H Hardwill Ltd, Steel stockholders and fabricators, in bright yellow and red lycra seemed very amusing for my work colleagues. "This alone justified the money they sponsored me for the Devon Air Ambulance Trust!""Thank you to Peter, my boss, my friends and colleagues who have supported and sponsored me and everyone who has donated to the Devon Air Ambulance either through me or the Axe Valley Pedallers justgiving website The total raised from my cycle to work challenge is just over £800, so thank you again to all of you and if you haven't sponsored yet, please do! "The Axe Valley Pedallers have got some more events in aid of the Devon Air Ambulance Trust and promoting National Bike Week on Sunday, June 14, and Sunday, June 21. At the beginning of the week is a bicycle ride for all, please do go along on any of one of the four bike rides - the day caters for every one who has a bicycle - starting at 10am from Seaton Tourist Information Centre and finishing at Cliff field gardens. The Sunday at the end of National Bike Week offers a family bicycle treasure hunt starting at Road Green, Colyton at 10am followed by a barbecue and drinks. To find out more about the Axe Valley Pedallers, please have a look at our website

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